What are Custom Awards and Trophies?

If you’re planning to order awards, one of the first things to determine is if you need Made-to-Order Awards or Original Concept Awards.

At Eclipse Awards, the terms “custom award” and “customized” can mean one of two things: either the personalization of our Made-to-Order Awards, or the creation of an Original Concept Custom Award.

"Made-to-Order" Awards, Trophies & Plaques

Approximately 90% of the awards and trophies we create are Made-to-Order, and people love them! Ordering from our House Collection of awards and trophies offers great value, faster lead times, and proven quality that you can rely on. Also, if you’re in a rush, Made-to-Order awards are the way to go because we have them on hand.  

Visit Made-to-Order Awards to learn more about the customization options available and how to get your order underway.

"Original Concept" Awards, Trophies & Plaques

If you want something that requires a special shape or size, then you need an Original Concept Award

Original Concept Awards begin with a special design process that maps out what you are hoping to achieve, and results in a customized design concept with drawings, specifications, and pricing for your review and approval.

A $300 deposit is required to begin the Original Concept Design Process. If you proceed with ordering your Original Concept Awards, the design deposit will be credited towards your order. If you choose not to proceed, the design deposit will be charged and the design concept will become yours.

Many people consider Original Concept Awards as the peak of recognition, and in some cases they can be. However, it’s important to remember that they do require a lot of time and resources to bring to life because they are being designed and tested from scratch, which can sometimes mean multiple design revisions, prototypes for testing, and special fabrication requirements. Customized, form-fitting presentation boxes can also add to the cost because they have to be developed as well.

Budget and Costs: to fabricate your Original Concept Awards, plan on a minimum budget of $500 per award.

Minimum Orders: you must order at least 3 pieces for fabrication. Consider ordering additional pieces for future years also to help ensure consistency over time. 

Delivery & Lead Time: please allow 1-2 weeks for us to create your Original Concept Award Design, depending on the complexity of your project. For fabricating your awards, please allow up to 12 weeks from the date of your artwork approval, plus a week of transit time for delivery. Rush services are not available for Original Concept Awards. 

Materials: for Original Concept Awards we only offer crystal and/or wood, timeless materials that people love to hold, feel and admire. As we are committed to avoiding plastics, we do not offer or work with acrylic or lucite. 

Payment: we require a credit card to secure your design deposit. As well, all Original Design Awards orders must be paid in full before we can begin production. 

Original Concept Prototypes: when developing a new award, it’s often helpful to produce an actual prototype to show how the award will actually look and feel. Producing an Original Concept prototype is charged at the quoted cost of the award, less 20%. Shipping is extra, and delivery lead time will be quoted at the time. 

If you are interested in an Original Concept Custom Award design, please fill out this questionnaire which will be used to guide the design process. CLICK HERE

Examples of Original Concept Awards, Trophies & Plaques

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Original Concept Award Design Process: what you get

If you proceed with the Original Concept Design Process, you will receive:

  1. An initial consultation to determine your needs and vision

  2. Up to 2 logos converted to high resolution (additional logo conversions are $75 each)

  3. A unique design concept that incorporates your logo(s), branding, text, and special design requests. The design concept will be sent to you as a digital artwork proof, indicating the materials, proposed marking styles, dimensions, and estimated cost to produce each award. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your design concept.

  4. Up to 3 free design revisions. Additional revisions are $75 each. We cannot proceed to making your awards until you have approved your artwork concept and quote.

  5. If you proceed with ordering your Original Concept Awards, the $300 design deposit will be credited towards your order. 

If you have any questions about Original Concept Awards please contact us at sales@eclipseawards.com 

If you’d like to get your design process underway, complete this intake form to get started

Frequently Asked Questions:


Does the design fee still apply if we already have prepared drawings for our custom award design? 

Yes, the $300 design deposit would still apply because we have to review those plans to ensure they can actually be fabricated and that they will look good. Designing for print or the web is different from designing awards. What might look good on screen, may in fact be difficult or impossible to fabricate with real world materials and processes. As well, we have to take into consideration things like stability and balance, the marking processes, and the nature of the materials being suggested for fabrication.

What if we don’t like the design concept that was created for us?

Our design concept will be based on our understanding of what you need and what is possible to fabricate with the materials we specialize in. So it’s important to map out your vision as much as possible at the start, and also provide us with meaningful feedback. We also provide you with 3 free design revisions, and additional design revisions are $75 each

 

More Examples of Original Concept Awards, Trophies & Plaques

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